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Undergraduate Internship/Co-op Program - Graphic Designer

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At a Glance

  • Full time

  • Washington, DC metro area

  • Starting salary: $43,300 - $46,882

  • US citizenship required (dual national US citizens are eligible)

As a Graphic Designer Undergraduate Intern for the CIA, you will work for Imaging & Publishing Support (IPS), within the Office of Enterprise Support (OES), as the Intelligence Community Publisher, providing both traditional and digital printing, online publishing, multimedia support, photographic support, digital archiving, design support and copier management services to the CIA, Intelligence Community (IC), and other federal government agencies. IPS provides a vital service to the Intelligence Community and national policymakers by publishing the Studies in Intelligence, the CIA’s Agency Financial Report, the IC’s Congressional Budget Justification Books, and time critical mission relevant finished intelligence. You will work in IPS to produce a variety of products for clients across CIA and the Intelligence Community. Leveraging strong conceptualization, critical thinking, product development and communication skills, you will engage in organizational identity development, exhibit and display design, information graphics, promotional and presentation design, and publication design. In a highly collaborative environment, with professionals in a variety of other media disciplines, designers are challenged to produce the most effective product to communicate the client message.

Interns with IPS will interact with clients, collaborate with peers, become familiar with a business-like environment where you will negotiate budgets and deadlines, and work in an Intelligence organization supporting an amazing mission. You will engage in a variety of developmental experiences and assess the Agency as an employer of choice while also being assessed for potential employment following graduation.

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Life at CIA

In addition to a comprehensive benefits package, the CIA offers exciting career opportunities and a dynamic environment. We're on the forefront of world-altering events – as they happen. So working here isn't just a job, it's a mindset and a lifestyle.

US citizenship required (dual-national US citizens eligible). All positions require relocation to the Washington, DC metro area.

Minimum Qualifications:
  • At least one semester of academic studies in fine arts/graphic design/digital imaging courses
Desired Qualifications:
  • Participation in certified Graphic Design degree program at a 4 year college or university
  • GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4-point scale
  • Demonstrate knowledge of graphic design principles
  • Strong conceptualization skills to develop unique and effective solutions
  • Strong communications skills, both in writing and interpersonally
  • In depth knowledge of Adobe creative software (InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop, etc)
  • Understanding and/or experience in multiple forms of product output, including print
  • Previous experience as a service provider or in a customer service environment

All applicants must successfully complete:
  • A thorough medical and psychological exam
  • A polygraph interview
  • A comprehensive background investigation

To be considered suitable for Agency employment, applicants must generally not have used illegal drugs within the last 12 months. The issue of illegal drug use prior to 12 months ago is carefully evaluated during the medical and security processing.

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DO NOT submit multiple applications; this will only slow the review of your application and delay processing. Please read the Application Instructions carefully before you begin the online application process.

Important application instructions for this position:

The following items must be attached to your on-line application (PDF format preferred):

  • Resume
  • A cover letter in which you specify your qualifications for this position. Please address why you want to work in this role and what differentiates you from other applicants.
  • Unofficial transcripts for all degrees
  • Please provide portfolio examples in either hard copy or online portfolio with provided web address

Important Notice: Friends, family, individuals, or organizations may be interested to learn that you are seeking employment with the CIA. Their interest, however, may not be benign or in your best interest. Once you reveal your interest you lose control of that information. We ask all applicants to exercise discretion and good judgment in disclosing your interest in a position with the CIA. You will receive further guidance on this topic as you proceed through your CIA employment processing.

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Posted: Feb 01, 2019 02:33 PM
Last Updated: Feb 01, 2019 02:33 PM

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